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2 coaches of Chivas USA allege team fired them for not being Latino
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May 30th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

2 coaches of Chivas USA allege team fired them for not being Latino

By Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) - Two former coaches have sued Major League Soccer team Chivas USA, claiming they were fired this year because they are not Latino.

Daniel Calichman and Theothoros Chronopoulos, who worked in the team's "academy," or player development, program, accused team owner Jorge Vergara Madrigal of Mexico of enacting a Latino-only employment policy, according to a lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles County court.

Calichman and Chronopoulos, who are both white, also accused Vergara of implementing a discriminatory practice that was carried over from Chivas de Guadalajara, a pro team in Mexico owned by Vergara that allegedly has hired only Mexican soccer players since 1908.

The two men, both former pros and members of the U.S. national team, are seeking unspecified damages for discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, their attorneys said in a statement Wednesday.

The team fired the two coaches "as part of an ethnocentric policy and practice of discriminating against and terminating non-Mexican and non-Latino employees," the suit alleged.

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  1. I belong to no party

    go figure if a white person is discriminated against is now big deal the media will not cover this in a detail. But it happens more and more everyday but were not allowed to say anything. On the other hand if someone else is discriminated against the media makes a big deal out of it. and want to fry the company that did it. Thats why the EEOC has only ligated only 5 reverse discrimination cases go figure that to.

    June 14, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. El Gambetas

    I disagree with the coaches that were fired; they must ignore that Chivas has a long history of bringing brilliant European and Argentinan coaches to take command of the team; the latest one was John Van't Schip the son in law of Johann Cruyff; they also had Hans Westerhoff, Leo Benhakker and do not forget Cesar Luis Menotti; who were fired, not for being white, but for not having positive numbers... Vergara also is credited with bringing European coach Svan Goran Erickson to the Mexican national team, because Vergara in the board of directors and has too much influence to decide who to bring and who not to... The owners have the right to fire whoever they want, and not for being white of black but because of numbers on the table; let those coaches show their numbers; besides, it's well know that every coach when taking over the command of any team, he brings his own coaching team and assistants.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. luvlar

    You mean there's someone out there who actually wants to hang around with Latinos? Go Figure.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      It would be a bigger stretch if someone actually wanted to hang around you.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |